Meet The Owner – Behar’s Furniture (Just Announced Closing After 60 Years)

January 14, 2023

Everett Economy

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Jay Behar in the showroom Saturday.

January 1963 sale ad inviting you to have coffee.

Behar’s covers an entire city block in Everett, Washington

“It’s a bittersweet decision,” Jay Behar told me this afternoon. “It’s the only job I’ve had.”

On Thursday Jay announced publicly the decision to close Behar’s Furniture after 60 years.

He began coming in as a kid dusting the furniture. He worked in the warehouse, spent some time in delivery and sales and found his forte in the accounting and financial side of the business.

A few years ago, Jay took over the store from his father, Ron Behar who was born in London. Behar’s began in January 1963 as Furniture City at the site of a former grocery store in the 2100 block of Broadway in north Everett, Washington.

The store advertised to the local community to “come in and have a cup of coffee with Ron and Marv”

Over the years the store expanded multiple times until it covered a full city block.

“We’ve been selling to generations of families in Everett and the surrounding area,” Jay said. I’m so thankful we’ve been able to do this for sixty years, I’m proud of our legacy.”

It will take a bit of time to liquidate the inventory on hand and under order but a liquidation sale is underway.

As for the future Jay says he’s going to stay active with the Pacific Furniture Dealers Buying Group of which he’s been involved with since 2019. He also plans to do more charitable work and look for new challenges.

“You know the one thing that has meant the most to our success is our people,” Jay said with a smile. “This has been a group effort.”

The Behar’s liquidation sale began on Thursday and will continue until the inventory is gone. You can get more information at Behar’s website. The store is located at 2105 Broadway Everett 98201.



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